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  1. Yeah, it started by them asking for a note to justify, and then became a rejection after an order was accepted, saying I had requested too many samples recently. They're not wrong. *smile* I want to say the LM1084 allows inputs over a very wide range, at least up to 12V (I use a car battery, for example). I think I also got some LM1085s and LM1086s -- pretty much the same but I think they have different current limitations. Looks like the LM1084 can handle 5 amps of output current, and input voltage can be dropped down from 2.6 to 27 volts. So it can handle a very large range. As I s
  2. Hm, I will have to see if I can order anything again! I maxed out number of samples several times in quick succession as I worked through "basic" project ideas involving temp, amplification, etc. The voltage regulators are really nice, because I can regulate 3.3 and 5V from a single 9V battery (or my 12V car battery source) to do things like running the MCU and a 5V LCD. No worrying about voltage dividers or rolling your own transistor based regulation. I highly recommend their three-pin drop voltage regulators like the LM1084. Thanks, sutekh137
  3. I have put both LaunchPad chips on breadboards, it works fine. Push it in over a breadboard split and go nuts. The key is to pull the RST pin UP, meaning to Vcc (as opposed to grounding it). Grounding RST is what resets the chip, so pulling it up via a pullup resistor (something like 47K ohm should do) brings the chip to life. And hooking up Vcc and GND to the appropriate pins, of course. From there, you can still program the chip, in place, with a Launchpad. Basically, you just use the emulation side of the Launchpad (those jumpers along the dashed line) and connect to Vcc, GND, R
  4. Indeed, I was surpised when it worked. Rather, I was surprised when I hooked up the ammeter and saw that it really WAS dropping to a less-hungry power situation (I figured it was just staying full power and not really dropping, but not throwing errors, either). I think I tried the other LPMs and noticed a different current reduction at each, so I just went as deep as I could with still having the thing play (and wake up) properly. I know I am out of my league when dumb luck lets me get something built better than I had planned. *smile* Maybe it will "break" with a future Eneriga update
  5. You know, I am not really sure why it wakes up. As you can see with the most basic ISR I attach, it doesn't even need to have anything in it: void ISR_ButtonPressed() { // Just here to wake up from low power mode (if even attached). // It does not appear that any live code needs to occur. return; } I DID try to add some sort of weird vector thingamabob like the "__bic_SR_register_on_exit()" you mention, but got compile errors (I don't think all of my includes were correct). However, yes, it does work. I'm not sure why. By attaching interrupts to every key before dropping into LPM
  6. Can you elaborate on the issue with LPM? I use LPM4 to put my little keyboard to sleep, and it works fine (in Energia). I call: _BIS_SR(LPM4_bits | GIE); and then pressing any key fires an interrupt that brings the keyboard back to life and finishes the loop. I do have to play a fair amount with attach and detach commands for the interrupts, but that is because I want the tones to be smooth and want to be able to change octaves while the note is playing. I can completely verify that the LPM4 stuff works. When it goes to sleep, the current it is taking drops lower than my ammeter can e
  7. Here is the begin() method in the LCD_5110 library for Energia (current from GitHub): void LCD_5110::begin() { pinMode(_pinChipSelect, OUTPUT); pinMode(_pinReset, OUTPUT); pinMode(_pinDataCommand, OUTPUT); pinMode(_pinSerialData, OUTPUT); pinMode(_pinSerialClock, OUTPUT); pinMode(_pinBacklight, OUTPUT); pinMode(_pinPushButton, INPUT_PULLUP); digitalWrite(_pinDataCommand, LOW); delay(30); digitalWrite(_pinReset, LOW); delay(100); // as per 8.1 Initialisation digitalWrite(_pinReset, HIGH); write(_commandLCD, 0x21); // chip is active, horizontal addressing, use extended instru
  8. Ah, I see, a COMPLETE hardware solution. Very cool. I'll definitely remember that if I go all the way to freeing up a pin (which could happen when I hook up a 4x4 matrix keypad = pin eater). As far as the "software" reset (well, using a pin, but driving RST through low/high cycling), the Arduino library I found uses a delay of 500 ms between LOW and HIGH and the LCD_5110 for Energia uses 100 ms (with a correct reference to the datasheet in the comments). So, I'll play around, and hope I don't break anything. *smile* Thanks, sutekh137
  9. Hm, in looking more closely at the LCD_5110 lib, I think my use of zero for the button pin is a bad idea. Not sure what happens when you try to set pinMode() on pin zero? I think I will tweak that lib to check for that property being zero (and also make getButton() not hang, probably) throughout the library cpp. I suppose I could even make a new constructor for folks who don't want to use getButton(). In any case, I see all kinds of tweaks I can make to initialization (you are right -- it is very finicky according to the comments over on SparkFun for the unit!) including the init commands
  10. Thanks for the responses! Both very good ideas... I was going to try messing with the "begin" code (e.g. delays) last night, but had zero time to project. semicolo, I should definitely go look at the datasheet and work on a circuit...great idea. I had not heard the screen was so finicky about RST, but since the backlight works fine (but no text), it feels like something resett-y is in order. I hope I'm not damaging my screen, cheap as they are (they are down to around 3 bucks these days...pretty sweet! And less soldering than a standard 16x2 LCD, a good thing when you suck at soldering
  11. Hey all, I recently got a Nokia 5110 LCD working using the LCD_5110 lib from GitHub. Works great, so thanks to giants whose shoulders I stand atop! I moved my chip (G2553) directly to the board as I have done several times before (with a pullup resistor on RST), and I loaded a little demo program on it with my "loader" board (just TEST, RST, GND, and VCC hooked up to the emulation side of an LP). Program loads and runs fine, but when I remove the loader and cycled power (I was just changing battery sources from a 6V pack to a 9V battery -- they are dropped to 3.3V), the LCD does not i
  12. /me imagines putting a FALLING interrupt on GND and a RISING interrupt on Vcc...or would that be the other way around? Hm, I guess it wouldn't ever trigger, anyway, would it? I know all the P<n> pins work for invoking ISRs because I use them all on my 13-key tone keyboard (plus 2 octave changers and audio out) to come back from LPM4 when the keyboard has gone idle. I attach and detach interrupts like a crazy person! Thanks, sutekh137
  13. Cool, Rickta, thanks for the idea! I need to get more into the guts of things, but Energia makes things so darn easy, I haven't had to yet. *smile* I'm still definitely Noob class! Thanks, sutekh137
  14. I'm not sure if you mean a periodic auto-save or an auto-save every time the sketch is uploaded. I'd prefer the latter, as that keeps what your chip is doing in sync with the code, and acts as a nice checkpoint for saves (for me, anyway, I am a change-try-change-try sort of developer). I once spent an evening working on a sketch, and for the last save (upon exit) I said "no", because for some reason I assumed it saved when a sketch was uploaded. Needless to say, I lost a bunch of work, and while my chip was in a pretty good state, I didn't know how to dis-assemble the code back to sour
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